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Kings flatten Hawks

Jonathan Quick makes a stick save on his way to a shutout against the Chicago Blackhawks

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The Los Angeles Kings played a phenomenal game last night to win a very deserved 2-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center in Chicago. While watching the game last night both Bob Miller and Jim Fox commented that it was the best game they have seen the Kings play all season and I agree. Jonathan Quick earned his 19th career shutout with 38 saves on the night and now leads the NHL with 5 shutouts on the season. I can’t overstate how great Quick was last night. When Quick is on top of his game and plays the way he did last night, he is unstoppable. The poise, the flexibility and the raw nerve that Quick possess, is simply incredible. It’s when Quick makes stupid mistakes that I grow rabid because I know what a great goalie he is.

I was impressed with the Kings play on a number of levels. First, there seemed to be cohesion again. Coach Darryl Sutter rolled out all four lines and was running them hot. Each player had a chance to contribute because Coach Sutter had them out on the ice and forced them to be aggressive. Me likey this concept! : – )  Second, there seemed to me more “spring” in the step of the Kings. After the game, Patrick Kane had this to say about the play of the Kings: “It seemed like they worked a little bit harder and they maybe didn’t give up as much offensively for us,” Kane said. “I think that team has got a lot of good players over there, a lot of skill. They should be competing with teams like us.” This coming from a former Stanley Cup winner and from a team like the Blackhawks, this is a huge compliment. Blackhawk Captain Jonathan Toews added; “We didn’t play a bad game, but that team wanted it. They had that desire out there. We just didn’t match that.”

The Kings improve to 5-1-1 in their last seven games and 3-0-1 under newly installed coach Darryl Sutter. The Kings overall record now stands at 18-14-5. Amazingly, the Kings are tied for second place and are only one point behind San Jose for first place in the Pacific Division. I am truly hopeful that the Kings can keep up this kind of play. There is no question that we have the talent to compete. If the Kings can keep that fire and energy that I saw last night, the other teams in the Western Conference will be put on notice. The Kings play again tonight against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre. The puck drops at 5:30 PM PST on Fox Sports West. GO KINGS GO!!

Net Notes:

Simon Gange was officially placed on the injured reserve list yesterday for an undiclosed upper body injury (concussion). No timeline has been established for his return. The Kings will follow the necessary concussion protocol for his recovery. Please God, may it be a speedy one!

  1. December 30, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Gee, I hope that Sutter doesn’t update us daily on the status of Gagne’s concussion. Who wants to hear about it day in and day out. Hopefully he disappears into the dark hole that the other guy with the infamous concussion did so we don’t have to read about everyday. Hopefully no one will care enough to speculate on his return everyday or talk about how important Gagne is to the team. You know we’ve all heard enough about (#@!49 concussions right? Oh yeah, that goes double for the sissy Weber. Come on guys, man up.

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